Maybe the reason why some people dislike the idea of camping is the fact that when compared to the comfort of one’s home, it can seem like one not so pleasant experience. If you too would like to have more comfort when camping, the restrictive and more traditional version may feel like one big compromise for you and that’s understandable. However, with the right camping equipment, you can make your trip more enjoyable and homey. Just to clarify things, I am not talking you into glamping , all I am saying is that there’s an in-between option, especially convenient for those of us who can’t imagine such an adventure without the comforts of our kitchen.
Today, the technology boom that has added a lot of novelties when it comes to camping has made it possible for almost anyone to be able to enjoy this outdoor activity. That being said, now you can reconnect with nature without sacrificing the comfort of your home completely and this includes even your kitchen.
If you feel like you can’t live without your morning cup of coffee (just the way you like it, that is) or home-cooked meals, then investing in a camping kitchen may be the right thing for you. Yes, protein bars, dried food, and a few bananas can keep your belly full for a couple of days but nothing beats eating tasty meals outdoors. Moreover, even if you don’t consider yourself a real foodie, when camping with friends or family, preparing a delicious meal or having a beer while watching something sizzle on the grill can be a great way to socialize.
The best thing about having a camping kitchen is that you can cook almost anything you want. This doesn’t necessarily have to mean that you need a fully equipped kitchen – like the one you have at home. It just means having a few useful items like a portable camping stove, a grill, and a few pots and pans. This way, you will be able to bake some potatoes, grill vegetables, fry up some bacon or try many other tasty camping meals . Yum!
To transport and keep all those perishable goods fresh and cold, you should also consider bringing a portable cooler. That way you don’t have to avoid foods that can spoil easily (which means you can treat yourself with some fresh milk in your coffee). You can also keep your favourite beverages colder for longer.
As part of your camping kitchen, it’s also good to have a camping table. Although many campgrounds already have picnic tables, it’s even better if you can bring your own since you’ll need one for chopping vegetables or to use as a place where you can put your cooking devices on top and leave the picnic table for meal times. If you also want to be able to wash dishes standing – as you do at home (because let’s admit it, squatting can be tough on your knees) you can buy a camping table with a built-in sink.
Apart from cooking, another great thing about having a camping kitchen (especially one that comes with removable MDF shelves) is that every item you need for cooking will have its proper place. You’ll be able to locate whatever you need much faster, without having to search through bags to find where you left your spatula. A side pocket organiser that can be used for keeping keys or utensils can also be a handy addition. Again, a camping kitchen should be portable, easy to assemble, pack down flat and fit in a bag (that’s usually provided). Durability-wise, if you want to get the most of your investment for years to come, it is advisable to opt for a camping kitchen that features a sturdy steel frame.
Finally, if you are planning to cook outdoors, don’t forget to bring sanitation supplies like soap, hand sanitizer, and wipes (preferably biodegradable and eco-friendly because taking care of nature is everyone’s duty) so you can be able to clean your hands and your kitchen equipment as necessary. To get your stove or oven going, of course, you’ll need an assortment of matches, fire starters, firewood or propane. Things like trash bags, ziplocks, and tin foil are also a good idea to have on hand.